Vanilla Pound Cake

Yesterday I shared a picture of my vanilla pound cake and a quote: “Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing. Likes all around. But the main response was, “Nice quote! But where’s the recipe?!” Here it is! This pound cake is a family favorite and one of the simplest cakes you can bake. You cannot mess it up. I promise.

 

 

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Vanilla Pound Cake

Pound cake derives its name from the original formula from which it was made: one pound of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Enough to make two loaves. This old-fashioned recipe from my grandma calls for approximately a half pound of each  ingredient and yields one loaf. Feel free to double the recipe. Share or freeze one of the loaves or just eat both of them. No judgement!

Vanilla Pound Cake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 9x5 inch loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 9x5 inch loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Vanilla Pound Cake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 9x5 inch loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 9x5 inch loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for the pan 2 sticks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Servings: 9x5 inch loaf
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a standing mixer bowl, beat the butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in the sugar until blended. Beat in the eggs, 1 at the time, and then add the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth.
  4. Scrape the batter into the loaf pan and bake until the top peaks and turns golden brown, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. When the cake is done, it will spring back when gently touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool the pound cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then turn the loaf out onto the rack to cool throughly. Slice and serve.
Recipe Notes

Sometimes I like to add the grated zest from an organic lemon for a citrusy burst of flavor or a handful of chocolate chips for extra happiness.

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